Special Issue Call for Papers – Working with Parents and Families: Transforming Partnerships

Edited by Professor Bob Perry (Australia) & Ute Ward (United Kingdom)

Call for Papers

The importance of engaging parents and other family members in children’s learning is widely acknowledged and many governments have embedded the concept of partnerships between practitioners and families into their approach to early childhood education.

However, the interactions between practitioners and families remain challenging, and the ideal of a partnership of equals is rarely achieved. At the same time, the partnership ideal is under threat from increased accountability and performativity which dominate the early childhood regulation in many countries.

This Special Issue aims to offer a wide range of insights into the relationships between practitioners and families to support young children’s learning and development and to challenge taken for granted approaches, in particular, the partnership concept.

Based on recent research it will analyse current practice in a number of different contexts and offer examples of innovative ways of engaging parents. A range of different theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches will be presented to provide the reader with varied perspectives and concepts.

In accordance with the EECERA ethos, the Special Issue will be critical and polyphonic, concerned with enhancing professionalism and aiming to highlight power imbalances with a view to contributing to the development of an understanding of the practitioner-parent relationship beyond the prescribed partnership ideal.

Submission Information

We invite prospective authors to submit proposals on a variety of issues concerning the relationships between early childhood practitioners and parents/families. The papers must be based on recent research, however, there is no restriction on the type of research, theoretical frameworks or conceptual underpinning.

Prospective authors are invited to submit a 700-word proposal outlining the theoretical underpinning, methodology, findings and implications of their research. These must be sent to [email protected] by 5th July 2017.

The editors will review proposals and authors will be notified by 21st July 2017.
Final drafts of all chapters will be due by 11th September 2017.

The special issue will be published in 2018.  For enquiries please contact [email protected].

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